Q & A Session – Permissible Outside Consulting Work


Ask the Lawyer received the following question (paraphrased for easier reading and clarity) from a reader on a legal matter that might be of interest to the entire audience.


I am being asked by a company to provide part-time consulting on logistics issues. Would I be within the rules and regulations guidelines to perform these services?


This question needs to be answered by your designated agency ethics official (DAEO), who is in a position to advise whether the proposal outside employment is a conflict of interest or otherwise impermissible. If a DAEO says it’s okay, you can legally do the outside activity. If not, at least you tried. DAEO’s in most agencies are found in the General Counsel’s Office. When making your request, please be sure to include all pertinent information.

Bill Bransford is managing partner of Shaw, Bransford & Roth, PC.

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Debra Roth

Debra L. Roth is a partner at the law firm Shaw Bransford & Roth, a federal employment law firm in Washington, D.C. She is general counsel to the Senior Executives Association and the Federal Managers Association, host of the “FEDtalk” program on Federal News Radio, and a regular contributor to Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive” morning show. Email your legal questions to lawyer@federaltimes.com.

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